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Poster: LivinDead Date: May 31, 2004 1:54pm
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Re: Copyright Infringement?

I think most anything is legal as long as youre not selling it. That's the problem, people try to pawn off someone else's ideas as their own. That's why you see goofy generic cereal names like "Golden-Puffed Rice" and "Frooty Oh's" and "Shiny Squares"...it makes me wonder what these generic compies were smoking sometimes....

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Poster: ridetheory Date: May 31, 2004 2:13pm
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Re: Copyright Infringement?

Not selling something is a very bad copyright infringement defense. If I bootleg a Steven King novel and give copies away, I will be sued -- and rightly so, because I would be diminishing the market for his work without adding anything creative or new.

If, on the other hand, I write a parody of Steven King that draws on his ideas without stealing the substantial heart of his works, I can give it away or even sell it. He may sue me anyway, but I have a decent defense.

Cereal names fall under trademark law, not copyright. Those rules are much less flexible.

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Poster: LivinDead Date: May 31, 2004 3:00pm
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Re: Copyright Infringement?

same concepts...

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